How To Maintain Your Skateboard

Whenever someone starts skating, and does their first ollies, their pops and their tricks, they see the wood wear down, the bearings get dirty, etc. and he worries because he thinks it’s a very bad thing. Well, this tutorial will explain how to keep the board in good condition, and also, it will explain what defects you should be aware of, and which ones you shouldn’t, since they are normal in all boards.

Problems you need to worry about

  • Dirty bearings that do not roll:
    It can happen that our bearings get dirty, and stop rolling as well as they did before. The best solution to this is to remove them (Be careful with the grease!) Pour them 3 in 1 oil to remove impurities, and take the opportunity to give the wheels a little clean and put them back in their respective places.
  • Wobbly trucks:
    The screws that hold the truck to the board are loose or missing. Once tightened, they must not be uneven, that is, the axes must face exactly the same place. If they don’t, it’s a manufacturing defect, go to your skateshop to have them changed. When skating, the board will roll back and forth instead of going straight, and it will be too soft. The solution is to loosen the axles, carefully place them in the correct position and tighten them again, so that they both fit.
  • Non-rolling wheels:
    This could be because the wheel nuts are too tight and have no room to move, washers need to be used between the wheel and the nut, or the bearings are dirty. The solution to this problem is to loosen the lug nuts a bit, until the wheel can move a little bit, so that it has room to move. If the bearings are dirty or one has broken you can go to your nearest skateshop, they usually sell loose bearings.
  • Stiffened board:
    This means that the board has air under the sandpaper, the sandpaper gets stiff and rises, and the skate stays wet. This lowers the quality of your tricks and height, and also influences the duration of the board. This has no solution, but it happens when the skate gets wet from the rain, and we leave it in the sun to dry, for example. It’s like your board goes soft. To find out if your board is stiff, you can also look at how it sounds when popping. It usually sounds different and it shows in the tricks.
  • Loose pieces:
    If the pieces of our table are loose, we can earn a good fall! We must try from time to time to check the stability and support of the pieces of the table, to avoid any piece falling off, or that we fall because of it.

Problems you don’t have to worry about

Despite those drawbacks, there are other things your board will go through, but you don’t need to worry about, for example:

  • Worn Board Pattern:
    ALL boards have the board pattern worn underneath when doing tricks, grinding, etc. But nothing happens, that is something VERY normal to which you should not give importance.
  • Chipped board edges:
    This happens when we skid and we don’t get a trick, but it’s just from hitting the asphalt, and at first it doesn’t matter, unless your board starts to creak.
  • Pieces of sandpaper torn off:
    This only becomes a problem if too much sandpaper is removed from the board, but if only a few pieces have been torn off, it is due to some minor blow, and should not bother at all.
  • Dirty Sandpaper:
    This can only be a problem with the appearance of the board, or at most, that your feet do not grip the sandpaper as much. If you want to clean it, you can do it with a damp clothes brush, and a bit of fairy, but then remember to dry it with lots of kitchen paper, and a rag, and don’t even think about letting it dry in the sun if you don’t want it to get stiff . Even so, I would not highly recommend doing the latter if it is not absolutely necessary, it is better not to bring water near your board.

I hope it helps you a lot and that you don’t worry anymore about things that are not important!